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KWP Club Leadership and Board of Directors

Ryan Henderson, Member At Large

I started my paddling journey in the summer of 2018 after white water rafting for the first time! I loved the thrill and excitement of whitewater but I wanted something a bit more challenging. Plus the guys in the kayaks were having way more fun. My favourite river is the Ottawa but you’ll probably find me more often at the Gull. Hope to see you out on the River!

Chantal Leger Events Planning and Promotion

Chantal has been white water kayaking since her early in 30’s and is not looking to stop anytime soon. You will surely see her having fun in her tie-dye Jackson Kayaks. The Karma or the Rock star are quite colourful to match her own flashy designs. When not on the water she loves spending time with her horse, and family. She also has lots of fun at her local ski hill. Chantal is at home on the Gat, or the Ottawa. She is truly passionate about white water kayaking and can talk about it for hours!

Kaitlyn Pinkett, Membership

Kaitlyn started paddling in September of 2018, and has been involved in the club for a year.

Her first river trip was Eric’s annual Low-Water-Boat-Hating-Hanna-Barbara-Blast on the Mississauga River. During her time as a KWP member she has gotten to design club logos and t-shirt designs and participate in scouting the Ganaraska River for Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny. She frequents the Gull, and has paddled a few Hwy 7 runs during M.A.C.K.fest, gone whitewater canoeing on the Spanish River, and paddled the middle and main channels on the Ottawa River.

She’s happy to be a part of the paddling community and appreciative of all the coaching she’s received from members. She looks forward to helping out in her new role as Membership Director.

Eric Chaplin, Secretary

Eric has been a paddler for many years. First as a canoeist, but upon finding that kayaks are more durable for the water he likes to swim in, he took a 5 hours crash course at the Gull in 2016. He quickly got an unreliable roll and has been finding new ways to wreck his kayak ever since. For those that don’t know, after 7 roll attempts he does tend to look for a t-rescue.  Parts of his sanity (and paint from various boats) pepper the continent but his new plastic love has only seen the Ottawa, Mississauga, Gull, Grand, and lock 28 on the Trent-Severn. With a knack for bringing pretty good food to our potlucks, he looks forward to being as friendly and welcoming to new members, as he has been fortunate to have experienced.

Simon Dadds, Board President

Simon was introduced to kayaking in 1992, when he did a beginners whitewater course at the Gull River, after a weeklong road trip which included the Kipawa river in a raft and running the Madawaska section in front of MKC. Two decades later, still wearing the same paddling clothes, he is back. (Though the R7 kayak is now a lawn ornament or goat watering trough somewhere in northern BC).  He has a family of 3 and they all like to paddle.

Barb Cardwell  Financial Management

Barb has been addicted to whitewater kayaking for many years now, after being introduced to it through MKC.   Her career took her on a detour to Calgary for 12 years, where she enjoyed being an active member of and serving on the board of the Paddle Junkies whitewater club.

Upon retiring in 2017, Barb returned to Ontario to fulfill her longtime dream of lakefront living, minutes from her beloved Madawaska River, where her addiction began.  She also currently serves on the board of Paddler Cooperative in Palmer Rapids, as she has a strong desire to give back to the paddling community that has given her so much support and enjoyment.

Barb intends to spend as much of her retirement years as possible on the rivers, so if you’re heading to the Madawaska Valley, she’ll happily join you on any of the local runs.  She’s easy to spot on the river in her hot pink boat & gear, and with a big smile on her face!